High blood pressure is one of the leading warning signs of developing heart disease. If you had a high blood pressure reading in the past, or have a family history of heart disease, Dr. Antoine Albert and his team of preventive medical experts at Texas Medical Home can help find the best treatment options for your needs. This way, you can protect your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease. Book your blood pressure screening at the Richardson, Texas, clinic by calling the office or using the online booking system.
When your blood pressure is high, it adds strain to your vessels, veins, and arteries. Not only does this increase your risk of ruptures, but plaque is more likely to build up and harden your arteries. Your heart has to work even harder to push blood throughout your body.
Over time, your heart muscle weakens under the strain, which in turn can affect your blood flow. You could be more susceptible to suffering a heart attack or stroke.
The parameters for what’s considered high blood pressure changed in 2017. Currently, an elevated blood pressure reading is above 120/80 mmHg. Dr. Albert may officially diagnose you with high blood pressure if your reading is 130/80 mmHg or higher.
If your blood pressure is high, Dr. Albert may also check your cholesterol through a blood draw because the two conditions are often linked. A total cholesterol level above 200 mg/dL is considered high. This further increases your risk of hardened arteries and heart disease.
Probably not. High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because you won’t show any symptoms in particular. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to check it. Oftentimes, you may not even know it is elevated until it’s dangerously high and you start experiencing dizziness, fainting, or a severe headache.
This is why it’s important to check your blood pressure regularly. If you have a high reading, take a few deep breaths and wait about five minutes. Sometimes a brief moment of stress or a high intake of caffeine can cause a temporary spike in blood pressure.
Luckily, many of the lifestyle changes you need to make to lower your blood pressure are equally as beneficial for reducing your cholesterol. You can lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol by:
Dr. Albert and his team can help you take control of your high blood pressure and other related issues, so you can protect your heart and reduce your risk of heart disease. Schedule a blood pressure screening at Texas Medical Home by calling the clinic, or by booking online.